This page shows news, updates, and developments of the technology and datasets of and geocoded genealogy records.

Jan 31, 2019

Updated links to new FTDNA Big Y-700 product which is supposed to offer wider and more consistent coverage of the sequenceable sections of the Y-chromosome.

Jan 28, 2019

Added new Y-DNA SNP markers and pedigree branches to our DNA Marker Index.

Jan 16, 2019

Added 150 new Y-DNA SNP markers and pedigree branches to our DNA Marker Index.

Dec 24, 2018

Added 200 new Y-DNA SNP markers and pedigree branches to our DNA Marker Index.

Dec 1, 2018

Added 250 new Y-DNA SNP markers and pedigree branches to our DNA Marker Index. Enhanced technical notes to describe digital suffixes and underscore suffixes on SNP names. Also added dynamic hyperlinks to the DNA Ancestral Marker Pedigree tool.

Nov 16, 2018

Fixed bug in DNA Marker Index which occured when SNP Notes were empty.

Nov 12, 2018

Enhancement to DNA Marker Index page to create dynamic hyperlinks to the applicable phylogenetic tree or page for similar marker documented in SNP [Notes] information.

Nov 7, 2018

Addition of approximately 461 new Y-DNA SNP markers and pedigree branches to our DNA Marker Index and DNA Ancestral Marker Pedigree tools across all Y haplogroups.

Nov 5, 2018

Added a new RSID Search Mode to our DNA Marker Index which whill show the hg38 positions for 660,146,173 mutations across ALL human chromosomes. e.g. rs11547464. Additionally we have indexed 11,963,907 merged RSIDs so that a search for the old RSID should produce the current RSID information. e.g. rs281875064

RSID data is drawn from the NIH NCBI data. Where available the hg19 and hg18 positions are displayed as well. This RSID search mode provides a handy cross-reference when looking at reference documents and DNA results that use different versions of the human reference genome coordinates.

Oct 13, 2018

Addition of approximately 300 new Y-DNA SNP markers and pedigree branches, primarily in haplogroups R, I, J and E.

Sep 29, 2018

Upgrades and enhancements to DNA Marker Index and DNA Ancestral Marker Pedigree tools. Added automatic removal of leading haplogroup designations when doing SNP searches (e.g. R-M222 => M222. Also added approximately 490 new Y-DNA pedigree branches and over 140,000 SNP marker labels. These updates bring the total number of Y-SNP marker labels in our database to over 364,000.

Sep 2, 2018

Addition of approximately 230 new Y-DNA SNP markers and pedigree branches, primarily in haplogroups Q, N, and R.

Aug 19, 2018

Major upgrade of our DNA Ancestral Marker Pedigree tool to include the mitochondrial DNA (MtDNA) phylogenetic tree. Common mutations are also included in our SNP Marker Index plus the unique haplogroup is also treated as a marker name as there is so many back-mutations and parallel mutations in the MtDNA phylogenetic tree. e.g. Example pedigree for MtDNA haplogroup H16

Aug 15, 2018

Addition of approximately 150 new Y-DNA SNP markers and pedigree branches for haplogroups R and I.

Aug 3, 2018

Addition of many new SNP marker names and Y-DNA pedigree branches for all haplogroups. We now have 216,284 Y-DNA SNP names cross-referenced with their position on the chromosome as well as 15,122 phylogenetic tree branches on our DNA Ancestral Marker Pedigree tool.

Jul 11, 2018

Upgrade of DNA Ancestral Marker Pedigree tool to enable comparison between any two markers which are rooted on the tree of mankind. Also addition of a direct search feature on this tool. e.g. Compare M222 and Z3008

Jul 4, 2018

Release of our new DNA Ancestral Marker Pedigree tool which displays all phylogenetic ancestor nodes for a given genetic marker (SNP). Immediate descendant branches are depicted as well. While not as broad as some phylogenetic display tools, this page provides concise summary for a single lineage and is easily printable. Currently there are 1,178 branches recorded in our database. The longest pedigree is 52 genetic marker branches deep.

Jun 26, 2018

Work continues on the DNA Marker Index with over 100 new markers added in the past month plus several hundered markers set into the Y-DNA phylogenetic tree branches.

May 24, 2018

Out of an abundance of caution, we have disabled our NextGenMatch and DNA Upload tools, due to the GDPR.

The DNA Marker Index and Homeland Finder tools remains available.

Apr 13, 2018

New Privacy Policy published reflected termination of service to EU countries / citizens due to terms of the GDPR.

Apr 8, 2018

Work continues on the DNA Marker Index with over 100 new markers added in the past month. We have also completed a refresh on the search engine optimization so that more obscure SNP markers will be found from web searches. We have over 132,000 distinct marker names on the Y-chromosome making it what we think is currently the most complete index of Y-SNP names on the web. Y-DNA phylogenies continue to be added as well but are still probably only about 20% done in Haplogroups R and I.

Mar 7, 2018

Enhanced DNA Marker Index with fresh update of the latest YSeq markers and reverted some Reference alleles to use the original laboratory value as HG38 human reference genome sequence is not always true to the emerging Y-chromosome phylogenetic tree.

Feb 23, 2018

Enhanced our DNA Marker Index with display of tentative parent and child phylogenetic tree markers where they are recorded in our database for the Y-Chromosome. Addition of new SNPs and the tree nodes is ongoing.

Jan 17, 2018

Made updates to the product Catalog and default map layers on the Finder pages.

Confirmed that recent updates in the DNA Marker Index are now reflected in Google search results.

Jan 10, 2018

Updated static maps of geocoded origins of DNA Project participants now added for the:

Jan 6, 2018

Implemented security counter-measures for the Speculative Side-Channel vulnerability.

Nov 23, 2017

Completed enhacing our DNA Marker Index with fresh update of the latest YSeq and FTDNA SNP markers and hg38 positions.

Nov 9, 2017

Jul 8, 2017

Application hosting has been moved to a faster cloud server farm.

Jun 15, 2017

Added links for Legacy Tree Genealogy Services. Celebrity Genealogy Connection Reports and Case Study programs discontinued and minor updates to product catalog.

May 4, 2017

Adding some new SNP markers for M222 subclades to our DNA Marker Index. Primarily in the BY-, Y-, and A- series designators.

Mar 9, 2017

Updated links to DNA Mapping Projects at FTDNA

Dec 18, 2016

Fixed bugs in Save Map function and listing of previously saved maps on the user profile page. Also made web security hardening enhancements.

Aug 5, 2016

Added over 17,000 new Y-DNA SNP markers from various sources (e.g. YFull) to our DNA Marker Index. This brings the total Y markers to over 78,000. We also incorporated NIH research id (rsid) values as alternate names that can be searched for. (e.g. searching for "rs20321" is the same as searching for "M222")

Also added file processing for FTDNA's new SNPs as CSV file format on the DNA File Upload tool.

Aug 2, 2016

Minor updates on linked books and references.

Jan 18, 2016

Added our Legacy Y-STR Marker Conversion Notes for researchers working on assembling old STR data.

Aug 31, 2015

Homeland Finder functionality concentrated on web site. Compiled application removed from Google Play store.

Mar 8, 2015

SSL Security Enhancements

There was technology news this past week of the so called 'FREAK' vulnerability to Microsoft and other encryption technologies. The threat involves client devices downgrading the ciphers to older, vulnerable algorithms and then cracking the server encryption key. To protect your data and prevent such an exploit, we did not wait for vendor patches but instead made a number of cryptographic enhancements to our technology platforms over the weekend:

  1. Rekeyed and upgraded all SSL certificates to a longer signature key length.
  2. Implemented Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) to make each user session's data encryption key unique and inhibit 'capture and replay' exploits in case the server key is compromised in the future.
  3. Made the upgraded TLS v1.1 and 1.2 protocols available for client connections.
  4. Removed support on the servers for older ciphers with weaknesses such as DES56, RC2 and RC4 so that these downgrade attacks are not possible.
  5. Tested with an independent evaluation tool and received a grade of "A" for SSL encryption security.

Most users will not notice a difference but older versions of browsers and communication devices may no longer be able to connect to e.g.

If someone experiences an SSL-related issue this week, please upgrade to the latest software version and you should be able to connect again.

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